Monday, 7 May 2018

Progress Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018

Dear all,

A beautifully hot and sunny Bank Holiday, quite unbelievable really! The day has been littered with mild surprise as to the power of the water supply so thank you to everyone who assisted with it's upgrade this last week.

Average loadings on the trains today. It hasn't been the worst Bank Holiday we have ever had, probably somewhere near the middle. It was supported by a very hot steam footplate and our heritage railcar service.

Down the yard, the Maintenance Team worked on the intermittent fault with the vaccuum cylinder on 55006 and positioned some vehicles ready for DMU Gala prep. The event is approaching fast!

A team worked on the Class 73 to assist with it's (hopefully) speedy return to service. The vacuum exhausters were fired up for the first time in preservation. The vacuum system was removed when the locomotive was converted to a Gatwick Express loco. The owners had refitted it but never got it working, due to a wiring issue which was discovered.

Work continued on the BSK kitchen car ready for the new system.

Leigh